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Homemade Deodorant


Yesterday, I posted about a stain remover that works wonders on armpit stains, among other things.  I mentioned in one of the photo captions that I would be writing about a homemade deodorant that helps prevent those stains in the first place.  It is another item from OneGoodThingByJillee.com, and I have been using it for over a month.

I use the second recipe she lists in the blog entry:

2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/8 Cup Baking Soda
1/8 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

However, I added 10 drops of tea tree oil to it.  Tea tree oil has antibiotic properties, and if you can cut down on bacteria, you can cut down on odor.  NOTE:  Tea tree oil can irritate sensitive skin, so use with caution.

This form of deodorant is NOT solid, nor is it sprayable liquid.  It is kind of a goopy mess, so I keep it in a kitchen storage container and just stick my fingers in like I would with old-fashioned styling gel.  If you want it more solid, you can keep in the fridge, and it will be solid enough to rub on.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

Update 7/23/14:  I’ve been using this for a year now, and I love it!  I did find that eventually the tea tree oil caused irritation, so I’m now making it without any oils, though I’ve thought about trying lavender.  The thing I like best is that I no longer get the smelly armpit stains–and I mean smelly.  My antiperspirant often failed, so sweat would mingle with the chemicals and leave a smell that is way worse than my own sweat.  I don’t have these anymore.  Yay!

Note:  For tips on how to get those kinds of stains out, you can look at my entry on a Dawn & peroxide stain remover, which I got from onegoodthingbyjillee.com (link in my post):  https://mycreativeside44.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/dawn-and-peroxide-stain-remover-for-laundry/

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Dawn and Peroxide Stain Remover for Laundry


There are many places around the web where you mix peroxide and Dawn and use it as a stain remover.  I got it from OneGoodThingByJillee.com, and she linked to a Glamour.com article about it.  The basic recipe is that you use 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to mix your own stain remover.  However, Jillee also adds baking soda to it for scrubbing power.

I have been using this stain remover (with baking soda) for quite a while now.  I have found that overall, it’s wonderful.  For one thing, it not only takes out armpit stains, but it takes out even set in armpit stink.  For several of my shirts, it took more than one application to get the stains out, but the stink was gone after the first wash (I’m sure the baking soda helped).  It also takes out grease or oil stains (important when you’ve got a habit of spilling things on your clothes while cooking or eating).

The one drawback that I have found is that it sometimes bleaches colors a bit.  This usually happens when you allow the remover to sit a while or when you have a newer piece of clothing that hasn’t been washed as much.  If you can test an inconspicuous spot, I suggest you do so.  Usually when I use it, it is with a piece that would otherwise be stuck in the “rags/paint clothes” pile, so I have nothing to lose.  I just try to not let it sit more than five minutes before washing, and usually, it’s not a problem.  However, before I knew it was a problem, I tried it on a new shirt for a grease stain.  I really wish I hadn’t done that as it left a light bleach spot.  I’ve been testing using just a mixture of Dawn and water with some baking soda for grease stains when grease is the only problem.  So far, it seems to be working fairly well.

Here are pictures of pieces I’ve used the stain remover on:

Pillow stained with blood from a nose-bleed.

Pillow stained with blood from a nose-bleed.

Pillow being treated.  I use an old tooth-brush as a scrubbing brush.

Pillow being treated. I use an old tooth-brush as a scrubbing brush.

Treated pillow.  There still is a little bit of a stain, but most of it is gone.

Treated pillow. There still is a little bit of a stain, but most of it is gone.

Stained shirt

Stained shirt

Shirt with stain remover.

Shirt with stain remover.

Cleaned shirt.

Cleaned shirt.

My new shirt that I made worse because the color wasn't quite as fast or I left it on too long.

My new shirt that I made worse because the color wasn’t quite as fast or I left it on too long.

Armpit pre-treatment.  You could see it on both sides as deodorant had contributed the problem.  (Blog on homemade deodorant that prevents this to follow, eventually).

Armpit pre-treatment. You could see it on both sides as deodorant had contributed the problem. (Blog on homemade deodorant that prevents this to follow, eventually).

Armpits post-treatment.

Armpits post-treatment.